Every teenager looks forward to their prom night, and spending the evening with their special someone. Well, for one Michigan teen, that someone was his mom.
Danotiss, 18, made the decision to invite his mother, 41-year-old Belinda Smith of Pontiac, Michigan, to be his prom date after finding out the reason why she never got to go to her own.
“I was flattered,” Smith said. “I asked him, ‘You don’t want to ask someone else? ‘You don’t have a special friend, someone cool that you can have fun with?’ I’m still elated. I’m just so happy that he wanted to share his day with me.”
Smith’s prom took place in 1991, but she wasn’t able to attend. Her mother had recently passed away, and left Smith and her siblings in dire financial trouble, according to Littlethings.com. So, each time a handsome suitor would ask her to be his date, she had to kindly turn him down. Embarrassed by the reason she wasn’t able to attend, Smith blew it off to her friends as if she didn’t want to go.
“I wasn’t able to attend,” Smith told WKRN. “It goes back to when my mother passed in ’85 and our whole life basically changed overnight. I remember my sister going to prom and I couldn’t wait to go. I was asked to the prom but we didn’t have the money. I didn’t want my friends to know I didn’t have the funds, so I just acted like I didn’t want to go.”
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Danotiss knew about his mom’s story, and decided to ask her about a month ago, telling reporters it was simply the right thing to do.
“I just felt like it was right to ask her cause she couldn’t go to her prom,” he said. “She couldn’t afford it back then so I thought it would be pretty sweet to ask her.”
Before inviting his mom, Danotiss made sure that it was okay with his principal Jeffrey Frankowiak.
“It’s definitely commendable,” Frankowiak said. “I got the opportunity to sit with his family in the football stands and they are just so proud of this boy. Senior prom is a big deal to the kids and it was a heartwarming gesture motivated by positive thoughts.”
Danotiss’ prom will take place on Friday, May 8. His main hope is that his mother has a good time.
“I just want her to enjoy it,” he said. “I want her to get that experience and have some fun.”
[Image via Facebook/Belinda Hunt-Smith]